Gurgaon: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has found in its probe that a mosque in Haryana’s Palwal district has been allegedly built with funds from terrorist Hafiz Saeed-led Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). The NIA has arrested at least three men, namely Mohammed Salman (the imam of the masjid), Mohammed Salim and Sajjad Abdul Wani in the national capital in an alleged terror-funding case. Before arresting the three, it searched the Khulafa-e-Rashideen masjid at Uttawar village in Palwal. The NIA team is questioning the mosque officials and checking the account books, details of donations and documents seized.
Three of them were arrested on September 26 for allegedly receiving terror funding from Lahore-based Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF), which belongs to Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Lashkar’s parent organisation.
An NIA officer said, “Salman, who came in touch with LeT associated men when he was in Dubai, had been receiving funds from FIF. The organisation, we have learnt, gave him Rs 70 lakh to build a mosque in Uttawar. It even gave him money for the marriage of his daughters. We are now probing from where the mosque has been receiving its donations and how this money is being used.”
As per NIA’s investigation, Salman was involved in taxi and dairy product businesses but had incurred losses. Later, he went to Saudi Arabia for Umrah. “He also visited Dubai a few years back where he met few Pakistani nationals and thereafter started getting funds through hawala,” said an NIA officer.
The FIF is a front-end organisation of the LeT, a terror organisation proscribed under UAPA. FIF is placed on the list of terrorist organisations as per entry 33 in the First Schedule to the UAPA read with Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (Implementation of Security Council Resolutions) Order 2016.